Quarantined lad gets 5 minutes to bid farewell to his father

B.Yaji Chang  saying his last goodbye to his father.
B.Yaji Chang saying his last goodbye to his father.

Morung Express News
Kohima | June 23

In a world before Coronavirus, 25-year old B Yaji Chang would never have imagined grieving the loss of a loved one all by himself, with not even a shoulder to cry on. When his father passed away today even while he is being quarantined in a centre in Tuensang, he got just a brief 5 minutes to say his final goodbye to his father with no family or friend to stand beside and console him.

Chang is one of the stranded Nagas who arrived in Nagaland through one of the special trains arranged by the state government, and is yet to complete his 14-day quarantine at the centre in Tuensang.

With permission from the authorities, he was allowed to exit the quarantine centre for a period of one hour to enable him to see his father one last time in full personal protective equipment (PPE). However with the time that included going and coming, he was left with only 5 minutes to pay his last respects to his father before he was taken to Yali village for burial.

Chang was picked from the quarantine centre by a designated ambulance and dropped back within the stipulated time. Proper sanitation of the area was also carried out right after he exited the funeral site. He was accompanied by officials from the district administration, medical team and quarantine management.